This is the fourth Volvo I've owned, and it will certainly not be the last
The car needs one of the exhaust manifold studs replaced, along with the gaskets. I bought the car with that issue present and known.
Build quality is superb for the car's age. After 17 years of exposure to harsh winter driving conditions (with road salt), the car has NO rust. The doors still close with a solid thunk, helping continue the feeling of a substantial car. It's as close to driving in a bank vault on wheels as you will find.
The interior is great, with exception of the headliner (a known issue on ALL 740 and 760 models). The seats provide excellent support, have great built in heaters, and ensure that you'll never tire after a day of heavy driving.
The drivetrain is the venerable b230ft, a variant of Volvo's rock solid red block motors. The turbo adds a generous amont of power, while not making as large an impact on fuel economy as you would expect. It's a simple motor that is also a non interference engine so if the timing belt snaps, there will be no worries about any engine damage.
The suspension is excellent. The tight steering radius found in all rear wheel drive Volvos ensure that the car is much more maneuverable than most cars, even smaller cars have trouble coming close. The ride is smooth and sure. It's very comfortable and composed, which makes living with it on a day to day basis easier.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th November, 2006